Saturday, May 23, 2015

Book Review: Ramayana – The Game of Life: Shattered Dreams




This book Ramayana – The Game of Life: “Shattered Dreams is the second book in the series of Ramayana -The Game of Life after first book of “Rise of Sun Prince” written by Shubha Vilas.
About Author: Mr. Shubha Vilas is a spiritual seeker and motivational speaker. His leadership seminars are famous in the corporate world.

Blurb: Blurb of the books gives a gist of the plot explained in the book about the drama of Rama’s exile. Inference of Kamba Ramayana, Ramacharitramanas and Folk philosophy and tales were mentioned.

Book Cover: An age old Pic of lord Rama is interesting and captivating. Emotions of Dasaratha and Kaikeyi are well depicted in the background.

Publisher: Jaico Books

Pages: 387

Chapters: 9

Plot: The story begins with King Dasharatha feeling distressed and struggling between delusions and consciousness. Description of Rama and Sita before the throne ceremony is truly eye captivating and interesting.

Then the story takes turn with Kaikeyi expressing her wish claim her two boons.
  • 1.To make Bharata, the king of Ayodhya
  • 2. Send Rama to exile into forest for 14 long years

Lord Rama obediently accepts the wishes expressed by kaikeyi with tranquility. He quickly makes up his mind and respects his elders, especially his father Dasaratha. Emotions of Dasaratha explained in the book during Rama’s exile are heart wrenching. Sita and Laxmana decide and convince Rama to take them along with him. Thus, fulfilling their respective duties.

People of Ayodhya express their greif and agony with Rama’s exile. Bharata’s army along with people of Ayodhaya start their journey to forest in search of Rama and bring him back to the great city Ayodhya.  

Each scene is described elaborately in the book capturing feelings of every character in the story.
The story depicts Rama’s loyalty, Sita’s and Laxmana’s obedience, Bharata’s respect, Dasaratha, kausalya and people of Ayodhaya’s love for Rama.

The title of the book “Shattered dreams” is apt for this part of Ramayana. There is spill on everyone’s dream, Dasaratha’s dream to make Rama the king of Ayodhya, people’s dream to see Rama ruling their land, protecting them. By the end even kaikeyi's dream to see Bharata as the king is shattered.

My Experience: I being a fan of Indian mythology had great expectations from the book. Unlike Mahabharata, story of Ramayana had been told several times and imprinted in my mind since childhood. Though the main drama is always known, reading this book has enlarged my scope of thinking. I got to know many aspects of the story which were not known. The reference of the foot notes is a great idea by the author and is the USP of the book. However, these notes left reader little boring after couple of chapters. Short and crispy one –three lines would have made a positive impact. Even though the foot notes were philosophical and enriched, lengthy lines giving lot of information in a single page and made it boring and repetitive.

Best of the book: Six Anartha’s were beautifully described.

Rating:  3/5

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